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Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados
Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitscheck, 2041
WTJK – Torre D – 6º andar
CEP 04543-011

Brazil > Real estate Tier 1

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados brings its ‘excellent technical knowledge‘ to a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious real estate issues. The firm covers all areas of the market, from investment and development projects in the residential, industrial, commercial and rural sectors through to disputes at the highest level. This is built on a foundation of corporate, finance, capital markets and litigation expertise, as well as support on related environmental issues. Founding partner Marcelo Terra and Guilherme Caffaro Terra typically handle the transactional and development side of the practice, alongside up-and-coming partner Natalie Collet Feitosa Lange. Versatile partner Natália Japur advises on litigation and advisory issues, while José Carlos Baptista Puoli is experienced in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Terra; Guilherme Caffaro


‘Excellent technical knowledge, with innovative work, studies and publications.’

Key clients


Construtora Andrade Gutierrez

Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

Cury Construtora




GTIS Partners



Tegra Incorporadora

Work highlights

  • Representing TEGRA Incorporadora in the Court of Justice to permit the continuation of a construction project.
  • Advising Tecnisa on a R$165m lawsuit concerning a commercial partnership in a real estate development project.
  • Defending two companies, Setin and Cyrela, in a R$181m dispute concerning an abandoned real estate project on land that was subsequently expropriated.

Brazil > Public law Tier 5

Clients operating in highly regulated industries, notably transport, infrastructure, waste management and energy, routinely turn to Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados for advice on government contracts, and administrative proceedings at the federal, state and local levels. On the consultancy front, the team of ‘well-connected professionals in the public and private spheres' is skilled in public tenders, construction contracts, concessions and PPP structures. Leading the practice is Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto, whose experience covers regulatory matters, public concessions and infrastructure projects in general. Paola Szanto specialises in administrative proceedings and litigation involving public contracts. The latter is also an area of focus for Rodrigo Scalamandré Duarte Garcia, while Cesar Augusto Alckmin Jacob is noted for non-contentious matters in the field of public law.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto


‘Impeccable technical quality. Well-connected professionals in the public and private spheres, helpful and up-to-date.’

‘I would highlight Rodrigo Duarte Garcia.’

Key clients

Ecourbis Ambiental


Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte


Contracta Engenharia

BM Varejo

BM Empreendimentos Imobiliários

ECO 050

Concessionária do Sistema Anhanguera Bandeirantes – Autoban

Greenwich Brasil Soluções em Infraestrutura de Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised Ecourbis Ambiental on the restructuring of its business in the light of the new Sanitation Law.
  • Assisting WTorre in the acquisition of the consortium in charge of the concession contract to administer a public area dedicated to cultural activities in São Paulo’s city centre.
  • Advised BM Varejo on the signing and execution of a cooperation agreement with the municipality of São Paulo for the building of a public park.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 7

With extensive experience in civil litigation, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados acts for public entities and privately held companies from a variety of sectors at all stages of litigation, from pre-trial negotiations to appeals and enforcement proceedings. Its longstanding involvement in the real estate sector has led to it representing numerous industry clients in environmental claims and contractual disputes. Civil litigation specialists Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins and Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior jointly oversee the department, which also includes Antonio Carlos Petto Junior, a key contact for contentious matters relating to tax, family and succession law.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins

Key clients


PagCom Aquii Tecnologia

Home Health Fornecimento de Insfraestrutura de Apoio e Assistência ao Paciente no Domicílio

InterCement Brasil

Metrus – Instituto de Seguridade Social

Libra Group

Atena – Tecnologias em Energia Natural


Cyrela Group

Copersucar – Cooperativa de Produtores de Cana-de-Açúcar, Açúcar e Álcool do Estado de São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Represents Metrus Instituto de Seguridade Social in a lawsuit filed by a human resources company.
  • Represents Capital Construções e Dragagens in a lawsuit filed against a public bank, claiming the termination of a contract entered into by the parties.
  • Represents the heirs and successors of a family in the denial of a demand filed by the Tax Authority of the State of São Paulo regarding the property rights of a historic building.

Composed of some of the nation’s most renowned attorneys in their practice areas, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra is a law firm with 34 partners and 32 associates located in São Paulo, Brazil. Duarte Garcia also has an office in Brasília and maintains associations with law firms in Portugal. Led by Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia, Marcelo Terra, Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia and Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, the firm has an experienced and successful litigation practice at all levels of jurisdiction, with relevant experience petitioning for the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and Superior Court of Justice (STJ). Duarte Garcia is likewise highly regarded for its legal advisory practice in the areas of Real Estate, Infrastructure and M&A, being frequently honoured by clients, other lawyers from around the country, international and national legal publications, and ranking organisations.

Administrative and infrastructure: Duarte Garcia has wide-ranging experience advising clients on public bids, public service concessions, public-private partnerships, privatisations, and use of public properties. The firm has a long run portfolio related to privatisations, defence on civil public actions and other enforcement measures in administrative and civil sanctions. Civil

Litigation and arbitration: The civil practice provides advice relating to the negotiation and drafting of contracts in general. Representation in judicial proceedings involving matters of civil and corporate law. The firm also has considerable experience in arbitration proceedings as active members of the State of São Paulo Trade Federation Arbitration Commission, the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, of the US-Brazil Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Compliance and white-collar crime: The team is highly specialised working side-by-side with other practices to provide customised assistance in the implementation of compliance programs, enforcement of compliance policies, private investigations and defence on criminal matters. The white-collar team is experienced in advising and defending clients from police investigations and dawn-raids to petitioning in all levels of jurisdiction.

Corporate and M&A: Duarte Garcia advises in all areas of corporate and commercial law, including due diligence, incorporation of companies, M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign investment.

Environment: The expertise of the environmental practice includes administrative and judicial litigation in addition to assistance regarding environmental restrictions and licensing imposed by federal, state and local laws.

Labour: Auditing for liability contingencies, negotiation of collective bargaining with work class associations and defence in labour courts are among the expertise of the labour practice. The team is highly specialised in labour claims relating to the health care industry, construction and real estate sectors.

Real estate: Assistance in land use and occupancy regulations, planning and structuring real estate transactions regarding residential, industrial and commercial developments, shopping centres, hotels, multi-use property and others. The firm also advises clients in the emission of financial instruments relating to the real estate market. The team is able to assist clients in the emission of all sorts of financial solutions directed to the property sector such as real estate securities and securitisation products.

Urban: Duarte Garcia has an interdisciplinary team focused on urban law and land occupation issues, having experts in both administrative law and the real estate particularities of municipal regulations. The firm assists clients in all stages of licensing and obtainment of urban authorisations in the administrative and judicial spheres.

Tax: The work of this practice includes tax litigation, preventive assistance and advice as to taxes concerning industrial, commercial and service activities. The firm particularly stands out for its record in tax disputes that affect a large variety of clients playing important roles in the real state and service sector, as a result of its intense practice in both administrative and judicial Courts. It is highly known for the successful implementation of tax strategies in a broad range of commercial and corporate operations.

Arbitration, Contract, International, Corporate Mário Sérgio Duarte Garciamariosergio@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 210
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Environment, Real Estate, Litigation, Corporate Marcelo Terramarceloterra@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Arbitration, Contract, Corporate Mário de Barros Duarte Garciamariogarcia@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Business Litigation and Compliance Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Nettoserranetto@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Francisco Ribeiro Gagofranciscogago@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 247
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Paola M. Szanto Mendes dos Santospaolaszanto@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 213
Real Estate, Investment funds Guilherme Terragt@duartegarcia.com.br+55 11 4200 6600 - ext. 258
Environment, Litigation José Carlos Baptista Puolijosepuoli@duartegarcia.com.br5511 42006600 - ext. 251
Investment funds Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arrudahelenaarruda@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 294
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Corporate Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfinsdanielsanfins@duartegarcia.com.br+55 11 42006600 - ext. 278
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Contract, Corporate, Family and Succession Antonio Carlos Petto Juniorantonio@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 250
Environment, Business Litigation and Compliance Douglas Nadalini da Silvadouglasnadalini@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Labour Eliane Ribeiro Gagoelianegago@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
White Collar and Compliance Pedro Simõesps@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 236
Tax and Succession Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeirorobertoribeiro@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Tax and Succession Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Juniorjayr@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303